Guyanese-born, Sir Ronald Sanders, has been awarded one of Australia’s highest honors, the Order of Australia, for his work in advancing Commonwealth issues there.
Sir Ronald is a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) and an international consultant, writer and a former senior Caribbean diplomat (1982 1987) and (1996 2004).
According to a release from the Australia Government, Sir Ronald as a result would be appointed an honorary Member in the General Division.
According to the citation, Sir Ronald’s contribution would be for “service to Australian relations, particularly concerning Commonwealth issues and advancing the interests of small developing states of the Caribbean region.”
Over the past 30 years, Sir Ronald has significantly contributed to expressing the concerns of the Caribbean region, particularly championing the interests of its small developing states, and the Commonwealth.
During his career, he has served on numerous committees and advisory boards formulating and implementing policies that affected the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.
“Sir Ronald has been, and is, a voice for the Commonwealth and developing Caribbean states through his diplomatic work and advocacy as well as his many publications and the media,” the release said.
“At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2009, the EPG was established to undertake an examination of options for reform to bring the Commonwealth’s many institutions into a stronger and more effective framework of cooperation and partnership.”
Sir Ronald and nine other EPG members produced the report: A Commonwealth of the People – Time for Urgent Reform.
“He was an important source of advice to the EPG on the Commonwealth as an institution and on its benefits to the governments and people of all its member states. Sir Ronald also wrote the initial draft of the report which, when finalized by the EPG, was a centrepiece of discussion at the CHOGM in Perth in October 2011.”
Sir Ronald is a weekly columnist for Kaieteur News and contributor to a number of other regional news forums.